Stimulus Funds Help Pay For Solar Workshops

Silver City – The School of Applied Technology at Western New Mexico University has announced a second set of solar workshops in Silver City and Deming.

The two workshops, taught by Mark Walker of the School of Applied Technology, will include a three-week course in Photovoltaic Principles (Introduction to Solar) and a three-week course in Solar Hydronics (Solar Water Systems).

The courses will be offered at no cost to incumbent workers, those currently working in solar, electrical or construction fields; and displaced workers who were recently released from work. Participants are expected to enroll in both workshops.

Grant funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the Southwestern Area Workforce Development Board were recently awarded to WNMU and are being used to defray participant costs for courses, books and testing.

Applications are available online and at the Juan Chacon Building, Room 130 at the Silver City campus. In Deming, applications are available at the Mimbres Valley Learning Center. Previous applicants for the first set of workshops will be reconsidered.

Course 1 9/27-10/15 Photovoltaic Principles Silver City 5pm to 9pm

Course 2 10/18-11/5 Solar Hydronics Silver City 5pm to 9pm

Course 1 11/15-12/2 Photovoltaic Principles Deming 12pm to 4pm

Course 2 12/6-12/23 Solar Hydronics Deming 12pm to 4pm

For additional information, please contact Linda Thompson at 575 538-6290 or